10 to 22 weeks
Available to women from 16 years of age.
This service includes a Non Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT for short, sometimes called the
Harmony™ prenatal blood test from Ariosa Diagnostics Inc or Vision™ from Future Health
Biobank) and an ultrasound scan. Availability of Harmony and/or Vision varies by location.
Your blood needs to be taken either by us at the time of your appointment or privately by
your midwife, GP or local phlebotomist.
When you book online, depending on your chosen location you may be contacted to arrange the most convenient way for you to have this done close by.
Note that the results from your baby's DNA blood test are normally available approximately 7 working days after your appointment and we recommend that you present your results to your usual healthcare professional whose contact details we take at the time of booking. Your choice of a free rescan may be appropriate if we are unable to perform the primary purpose of this scan.
All scans are performed by a qualified Sonographer with diagnostic obstetric scanning experience.
What does this scan include?
To test for Downs syndrome and certain other genetic conditions (T18 and 13 and Turners syndrome) from a maternal blood sample.
The ultrasound scan will determine viability, if single or multiple fetus are present and accurately date your pregnancy. Very occasionally it may involve transvaginal / internal scanning.
- 30 minute diagnostic appointment
- A scan for viability (heartbeat) and gestation measurements
- A maternal blood sample (from the arm) taken into 2 sample bottles
- Ultrasound report and 2D ultrasound b/w prints in sleeve on the day, fetal DNA blood results approximately 2 weeks later
- Plus Complimentary sexing if requested*; with ultrasound (from 16 weeks gestation or later) on the day or included with your blood test result (from 10 weeks)
- Plus 4DFreeview™ (from 12 weeks) with 3D ultrasound b/w prints in sleeve**
- Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE delivery of your scan images and report
If you would like to know the sex of your baby we will give you our professional opinion with this scan free of charge. If your baby’s position is not favorable to do this on the day however, we cannot offer a free rescan for this purpose.
This scan includes viewing your baby in live 4D from available views and thermal b/w 3D scan prints at no extra charge. Please note that 4DFREEVIEW is a free option and if your baby’s position is not favorable for aesthetics on the day, we cannot offer a free rescan for this reason.
Have your scan images sent to you in seconds using Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE Mobile: a safe and secure system for the delivery of ultrasound scan images to your mobile device or email address. Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE uses the latest technology to bring you your scan images in a format that can be saved forever or shared on social media at the touch of a button. Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE is included with your scan at no extra cost.
Need to expose lower abdomen so ideally wear 2 piece garments i.e trousers or skirt and top.
Drink 0.5 Ltr (1 pint) clear fluid approx 1 hour before appointment time.
Please do not empty your bladder before the examination.
Please bring your hand held notes with you to the scan.
Guide to number of guests
Most clinics can comfortably accommodate 5 guests including children for this scan. If you would like to bring more, please contact your chosen clinic when booking to check how many we can accommodate.
Important - your personal information
The NIPT is analysed in the UK by our authorised partners, Harmony via TDL or Vision via Future Health Biobank. By booking a NIPT appointment with us you are agreeing to your personal information being shared with the relevant partners solely for the purpose of this test. Your express permission will also be asked during your appointment.